If walking into the gym reminds you of walking into an alternate universe where nothing makes sense and everyone is better than you at everything, then you’ve come to the right place—and you’re just like me! I hate the gym, but I go because sometimes it’s nice and it allows me to eat pizza with less guilt. But how do you grow to tolerate, or even like, going to the gym?
1—Bring a friend. Hopefully, this person is more motivated than you and will force you to go, inspire you to push yourself, and help you build your confidence.
2—Bring your Netflix. An introvert’s dream: being surrounded by people, but still socially acceptable to block those people out. Turn on some Netflix or a good Spotify playlist, and forget about the girl next to you who is able to run a five-minute mile.
3—Fuel up. Getting a smoothie after the gym is the perfect cool down. It helps if you decide to get a yummy smoothie before going to the gym; it can keep you motivated and serve as a reward for all your hard work.
4—Tell your parents you’re going to the gym. If your parents are anything like mine, the response will be something like “Look at you, balancing school and exercise! You are so smart and healthy and awesome.” Thanks, mom, I am awesome.
5—Don’t push yourself. As a college student, you have a lot on your plate. Don’t make yourself miserable by going to the gym if you hate it. Do a home workout in your dorm or take a walk around campus instead.
6—Dress to kill. You’ll always feel better if you’re dressed like a true athlete at the gym. When it comes to running shoes, always choose comfort, because you know what makes the gym even less enjoyable? Blisters. Wear some breathable shorts or leggings. Instead of wearing one of your old high school T-shirts, opt for a breathable tank top that will help you look and stay cool.
If you have any additional tips on how to conquer the gym, let me know in the comments below!